Here on the East End of Long Island the demands of population growth often compete with the needs of animals. Two groups of animals have been especially impacted of late: white tail deer and mute swans. Recent legislation in NYS has set as its goal the eradication of mute swans from our waterways; similarly, white tail deer populations are routinely treated as pests, with sponsored efforts to ‘cull’ them, including the hiring of professional sharpshooters in one local town.
With such casual assaults on our wildlife, is it any wonder that we also have a casual attitude toward killing each other? Home on the Range speaks to this devaluation.